2016-2017 Philippine Cup


Team Leaders

PPG: E. Daquioag (17.33)
RPG: C. Newsome (9.67)
APG: C. Hodge (5.67)
SPG: C. Newsome (1.67)
BPG: C. Hodge (1.67)


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Meralco feeling a 'bit of urgency' after losing streak hits three games

January 05, 2017

Meralco head coach Norman Black wants his players to work hard in practice so they won't be eliminated. Photo courtesy of the PBA Media Bureau.MANILA, Philippines – The Meralco Bolts need to play with a sense of urgency for the remainder of the elimination round of the PBA Philippine Cup especially after losing three consecutive games.

After a 2-1 start to the conference, the Bolts dropped their last three assignments. They squandered leads against Alaska and Phoenix, and were then comprehensively outplayed by defending champion San Miguel last December 28.

"There is a bit of urgency, yes," Meralco coach Norman Black said after their 101-86 defeat to the Beermen, which saw their record dip to 2-4.

"We don't want to get eliminated."...

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Error-prone Newsome hopes to lessen turnovers

December 30, 2016

Chris Newsome. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChris Newsome, the PBA’s reigning Rookie of the Year, had a line to forget in Meralco’s 101-86 loss to defending Philippine Cup champions San Miguel as he put up a triple-double with one glaring statistical anomaly.

He had 16 points, 12 rebounds, but turned the ball over 11 times as the Bolts dropped their third straight game.

“It wasn’t the triple-double I like, that’s something that I understand and I take full responsibility as a player,” said Newsome Wednesday at Cuneta Astrodome. “I’m not one to throw my anything at my other teammates.”...

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Meralco coach Black sees no positives in SMB loss

December 30, 2016

Norman Black. PBA IMAGESMeralco head coach Norman Black wasn’t in the mood to look at any bright moments in his team’s 101-86 loss to defending champion San Miguel in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Cuneta Astrodome.

“Bad game, that’s all I can really tell you,” said Black as the Bolts dropped to 2-4 and absorbed their third straight loss. “We got to a horrible start, we couldn’t defend the perimeter, we couldn’t defend the paint.”

And Black wasn’t sugarcoating what he said about is team’s lack of defense. ...

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San Miguel overpowers Meralco for solo first place

December 29, 2016

 Alex Cabagnot scored 17 of his 20 points for San Miguel in the first half. Photo courtesy of the PBA Media BureauMANILA — A low-scoring game by June Mar Fajardo used to mean bad news for San Miguel.

Nowadays, his teammates are stepping up and that could mean trouble for the rest of the league.

San Miguel raced to a fast start to drop Meralco, 101-86, in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City on Wednesday....

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Norman Black trying to balance developing rookies, winning

December 23, 2016

 Meralco coach Norman Black wants to address the team's inability to close out games. Photo courtesy of the PBA Media BureauMANILA, Philippines — Meralco coach Norman Black is undoubtedly disappointed with how his team lost to Phoenix on Wednesday, yet at the same time he stressed the need to develop their rookie players.

The Bolts led by as many as 12 points in the third quarter and were up by 10 heading into the fourth quarter of their PBA Philippine Cup showdown against the Fuel Masters, only for Black's players to commit a rash of turnovers early in the fourth that allowed Phoenix to trim the deficit.

Meralco had its chances in the end and even led by two points, 90-88, with 1:26 to play after a clutch three-pointer by rookie Jonathan Grey, but on the other end, Phoenix veteran Cyrus Baguio responded with a cold-blooded triple of his own that turned out to be the go-ahead bucket....

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Team History (Last 10 Conferences)
Conference Win Loss PCT Placing
2016-2017 Philippine Cup 3 7 0.300
2015-2016 Governors' Cup 13 10 0.565 Runner-up
2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup 11 6 0.647 4th
2015-2016 Philippine Cup 1 10 0.091 12th
2014-2015 Governors' Cup 6 7 0.462 7th
2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup 8 8 0.500 4th
2014-2015 Philippine Cup 7 6 0.538 6th
2013-2014 Governors' Cup 3 6 0.333 9th
2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup 6 6 0.500 7th
2013-2014 Philippine Cup 5 10 0.333 9th